Saturday, February 5, 2011

Believe

   Recently my wife and I have been spending quite a large amount of time training for several marathons to be completed in 2011.  As part of my training, I have been reading and researching the power of positive thinking.  It was Henry Ford that said, "If you think you can... you can, but if you think you can't... you are right there too."  Napoleon Hill says "Think and Grow Rich" and Norman Vincente Peale wrote The Power of Positive Thinking.  Indeed, it is true that the mind and our thoughts have an amazing impact on the level of success that we realize.
   However, at this point I would have to argue just a bit.  While it is basically impossible to argue that all things start with a thought and the power of those thoughts is one of the strongest forces in over our lives.  I don't believe that positive thinking is enough.  I think the difference maker is your own personal level of buy in to those thoughts...... your belief.  I would say that if you believe you can... you can.
   According to Meriam-Webster's dictionary a thought is mearly something in the mind (an idea, opinion, etc), however a belief is much deeper.  A belief is a thought that is accepted to be true.
There is a lot of power in those last 4 words (accepted to be true).  My Team in Training Saturday morning workout led to a great example.
   This morning's workout was a true challenge for me.  Not only was it just above freezing, but it was a distance that I had never before accomplished..... 5 miles of trail running.  Yes, I did finish the course in good time, which was very exciting, but the snow on the ground made it even more memorable.  As you know if you live close by, this is not a normal occurance in Central Texas!  But, probably the most amazing moment of the run came about 3.5 miles into the course.  It was at this point that I came alongside one of our teammates who was obvioulsy struggling.  He told me that his spouse told him that 26.2 was way out of his league and he probably should not try something so challenging..... Amazing! Isn't is usually those that are closest too us that, attempting to protect us, hold us back?  This led into a great conversation, as best as we could, since it was very difficult at this point to get more than a couple of word's out at a time. I told him that I had never done 5 miles off road, so please excuse me if I get to the point where I can no longer talk.  Amazed, he told me that he had done this distance many times while in the military, but that was a long time ago, and things had definitely changed. We were approaching 4 miles and our final climb was approaching quickly.  He told me he was probably just going to walk through the climb and want to know what I was going to do...  I told him, "I have already finished it (as I pointed to my head), now I just have to negotiate with my body to do what I have already done."  It was amazing to see his response.  He says, "If you can do this, so can I!"  And he did!
   See it was not merely positive thinking that got my new friend up the climb and across the dam without slowing to a walk, it was the belief that he could do it!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Cost of Quitting

Few things cost more than quitting.  The cost of regret outweighs the cost of discipline everytime.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1% Daily

Have you ever watched kid's playing a game?  
When they are winning they love it and want to keep playing, but as soon as things are not going in the right direction for them, they quit.  And as parents and coaches we spend a great amount of effort training them that "quitters never win".....but do we live by the same motto?

We have all heard the term "microwave society"....and as a whole I can not argue the fact that most of us do want instant results. In fact I am usually at the top of that list!  But, what happens when we don't feel like we are getting results quick enough?  What happens when you don't feel like you are winning?

Quitters Never Win!
For the majority of us, the game of life and success is not one that is played against others....usually the man in the mirror is the competition.  If that is so, how do you beat that kid in the mirror that says "I quit", "There is no way that I can win?"  The answer....1 day at a time!

I have created a personal rule for me and my family....and I want to share it with you.  I hope it helps. It's very simple.  It's the 1% Rule.

Grow everyday by 1%. People quit when they see no way of winning. However, if you approach everyday with the task of growing by just 1% there is no reason why you can't retire every evening as a winner.  And the compounding effect of just 1% daily over the course of a few months is staggering!

"Today, I will make tomorrow better than yesterday" ~ Calvin Toole

Monday, September 13, 2010

Leadership Tip for 9.13.10

Leaders Must Guard Their Hearts


(All passages are taken from Today's New International Version)

Proverbs 4 teaches us that wisdom is the key to a long meaningful life (vs. 9,10) and that we must protect the wisdom and understanding that we gain (vs. 13).  But you must understand that you will have to give up to go up! (vs. 7) But, without wisdom why would anyone follow you?

Consider this:Would you follow someone that has never been where you want to go, doesn't know how to get there, and has nothing to offer you?

Of course you wouldn't... and unless you have something of value to offer the people you are trying to lead they will not follow you for long either. You must find a way to add value to those that you lead and that means growing yourself (gaining wisdom and understanding).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

You must have the ability to acquire, protect and multiply wealth!
  •  The ability to acquire wealth is not a difficult idea...however, the discipline to do so is probably the toughest of all disciplines to learn.
    • You must learn to seek opportunity and be prepared to seize that opportunity when it arrises
    • You must learn to live on less than you make (at least 10% of your income must be set aside for investing)
  • Protecting your wealth can be more challenging.  I find it funny how skeptical people are of a legitimate opportunity to earn more money through their efforts and the efforts of others....yet, they will blindly invest their income into worthless "investments".  It's far better to keep your money in a can under your bed, than to throw it out the window of a moving bus!
    • I suggest seeking counsel in this area, if you are not comfortable with the investments before you
    • It's better to earn a small return, than no return or worse!
  • Multiply Your Wealth!
    • This is by far the fun part!
    • At least 10% of all of your returns (income from investing) should be circulated back into your investment portfolio
    • This is the old philosophy of having your workers' children go to work for you!  And their grandchildren, and so on!
But above all!  If you are not already sewing into a local ministry...I strongly urge you to seek yourself and see if this is an area you should start with.  I know that for many people this has been the turning point for God's favor to begin to appear in their life!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Prosperity Tip for 9.6.10

Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Prov 11:24,25 (NLT)

God's law is simple.....sew and reap.  If you desire a blessed prosperous life, take a look at your actions.  Are you sewing the seed that will yield the crop you desire?  Are you sewing any seed at all?  
Take a moment today to bless someone and trust God's word to fulfill itself!


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Leadership Tip for 8.31.10

Be Brave!

Joshua 1:6-9
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"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."


This scripture clearly articulates one of the key aspects of a truly successful leader......bravery!

The Lord repeatedly commands Joshua to be strong and courageous. As you can see in vs.7, Joshua's ability to keep the law, staying focused, and integrous is what dictates his ultimate successful arrival.....but that alone does not mean he will arrive! It is his' bravery that will empower him to lead a journey that only he was called to do......and note where that bravery come from. Ultimately it is only the Lord that can provide for you no matter what the surroundings appear like.